Treasures of Laos
Laotian highlights | 11 days
The crown jewel of Laos, and the starting point for this itinerary, is Luang Prabang, perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in South East Asia. You will be charmed by this delightful UNESCO World Heritage city, known for its serene vats (temples) and classic architecture before taking a journey by traditional wooden riverboat to visit the famous caves of Pak Ou. The mysterious Plain of Jars in the north ends your tour of this wonderful country — relaxed, quietly contemplative and still less visited than its neighbours.
Day 1: Fly to Luang Prabang
Days 2&3:Tour the World Heritage City of Luang Prabang
Day 4:Travel by traditional wooden riverboat on the Mekong River to Pak Ou
Day 5:Swim in the clear pools at the base of the spectacular waterfalls of Kuangsi
Day 6:Fly to Xieng Khouang and visit the mysterious Plain of Jars
Day 7:Fly to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos
Day 8:Visit ethnic minority peoples/tribal villages
Day 9:Explore Vientiane’s remarkable vats
Day 10:Witness alms giving in Vientiane then fly to Bangkok
Day 11:Arrive London
guide price £2,335 per person
Fiona’s travel tips
FOR THE ACTIVE: Kayaking in Halong Bay.
MY FAVOURITE PLACE: Luang Prabang — sitting cross legged on the pavement at dawn watching the silent procession of orange-robed monks coming down the street towards me during the giving of alms.
BEST TIME TO GO : November to March
Cambodia: 14½ hours (indirect)
Laos: 15 hours (indirect)
Vietnam: 16 hours (indirect)
“The Vietnam trip was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed it – memorable for all the right reasons. In particular the hotels were well-chosen and uniformly of a very high standard, and each had its own individual character. Our local guides were also excellent – friendly, efficient and very informative.”Andrew and Suzanne Mounstephen, Vietnam
“The trip was awesome. I think the best I can say for our group is that we did not want it to end. We are still talking about how wonderful it was.”
Mrs Kate Huey and family, Indochina
“A fascinating historical and cultural insight and a wonderful trip all round.”
Mr and Mrs Stephen Scott-Smith, Cambodia/Vietnam
“All made very easy for us which is what we wanted… Excellent choice of hotels and flights”.
Mr and Mrs Walter Johnson, Pandaw River Cruise, Vietnam/Cambodia